Winter oilseed rape looks likely to be the best for tillage margins

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Harvesting of winter barley has been very slow but is finally completed. Yields in general were very good with most farmers achieving their highest yields (9-11t/ha) to date. The higher yields were achieved where soil fertility was good, with particular emphasis on potash, magnesium and soil pH. With the exception of farmers who had their…


Syngenta sues grain elevator over biotech corn ban

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Seed maker Syngenta is suing a grain elevator operator that has banned the company’s biotech corn. Bunge North America, which operates grain elevators across North America, including one in Council Bluffs, recently posted notices that it would not accept corn planted with Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera seed, The Sioux City Journal reported Tuesday. In the lawsuit…


Growing blackleg threat to seed potatoes

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Waterproofs were definitely required for a visit to this year’s Potatoes in Practice event at the James Hutton Institute’s Balruddery Farm, Invergowrie, near Dundee. Teresa Rush reports. CONCERN is growing within the seed potato industry over the extent of blackleg disease being seen in this season’s crops. Anecdotal evidence that levels of blackleg were significantly…


Record seed potato exports

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SCOTTISH seed potato exports broke through the 100,000 tonne barrier for the first time ever in 2010/11. Exports have grown by 30 per cent over the last decade and demand continues to outstrip supply. However, the export of seed potatoes is still high risk for both grower and exporter, said Potato Council’s Mark Prentice. “We’ve…


60,000 corn plants per acre? Seed firm works toward goal

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Adel, Ia. – Since the commercial advent of hybrid corn in the 1930s, Iowa farmers have increased populations of corn plants from about 8,000 an acre to 25,000 by the 1980s and to an average of 34,000 to 36,000 today. What is corn’s equivalent of Mach 4 jet speed: 60,000 plants per acre? Maybe 75,000…


Bright prospects for seed potatoes – despite the rain

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THE financial prospects for Scottish seed potato growers may be sunny but the past month has been anything but, with field inspections of the crops being hampered by strong winds and heavy downpours. Physical conditions for those who walk the growing crops looking for disease have been very difficult, being soggy underfoot with shaws straggled…


Sowing the Seeds of Success

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Many companies are aware of the important role of science and technology, so they have increased investment in technological innovations and achieved fruitful results. The National Seed Joint Stock Company (Vinaseed) is one of the leading businesses in Vietnam in researching and transferring technology and trading in seeds and saplings. The company’s sales have grown…


Grain giant steps up: Bunge could expand further in Altona post-CWB

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Bunge Ltd. is spending more than $100 million on a new canola-seed-crushing plant in Altona and may spend countless millions more on other facilities as it carves a place for itself in a post-Canadian Wheat Board world. Soren Schroeder, the head of the global grain giant’s North American operations, said in an interview Thursday Bunge…


Seed shortage threatens crop

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Farmers in the central region are facing a shortage of short-term rice seed for the summer-autumn rice crop, which will be grown 25-35 days late because of the late harvest of the 2010-11 winter-spring rice crop. A prolonged cold spell has prolonged the maturing period of the current crop, causing a delay in harvest. To…


How to Plant and Sow Angelonia Seed

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Angelonia is a profusely flowering perennial that is easy to grow. Its blooms, which last all summer long, come in shades of pink, purple and white. Because of the wide variety of shading and coloring in angelonia’s flowers and its easy growing, it often is cultivated in the home garden. Even amateur gardeners may cross…


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